Sep 26, 2012 4:00am PDT
steep climb for mitt romney. >>> midwest twister. an ominous sight through the autumn sky. a tornado tearing through the heartland. the damage being assessed right now. >>> football fury. fallout ongoing from that blown call monday night. new questions. why were refs fired from lesser leagues allowed to officiate one of the league's biggest nights? >>> and last dance. the first elimination on "dancing with the stars." why is everyone talking about the biebs? >>> good morning, everybody. good to be back. well, all roads on the presidential campaign lead to ohio today. president obama and mitt romney, both return for rallies in the battleground state. >> and it is great to have you back, rob. >> thanks. >> the stakes could not be higher, with the latest polls showing the president pulling ahead among ohio voters. abc's tahman bradley joining us this morning from washington with a preview. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, paula and rob. this is the first time in two months both president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. in fact, they're b
Sep 27, 2012 4:00am PDT
president obama and mitt romney have dueling campaign appearances today in virginia. yesterday, the candidates were both in ohio, where the latest polls show an uphill battle for romney. abc's david muir asked the candidate some tough questions about his chances. >> we'll win ohio again. we'll finish what we started again. >> we're going to win ohio. thank you so much. let's take back america. >> reporter: call it the buckeye brawl with the president and mitt romney here. perhaps the biggest punch was that new poll. romney trailing president obama by ten points in ohio. down by nine points in florida. we asked the governor about those numbers. i'm curious what you would say to your supporters, your donors, who might be concerned that this might be slipping away? >> i'm pleased with some polls. less with other polls. polls go up. polls go down. >> reporter: there's some that believe these polls are a reflection of that videotape last week. you were talking to donors, talking about the 47%. >> and so, my job, is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them. >> report
Sep 30, 2012 4:00am PDT
high. for mitt romney, some are saying it's make or break. for the president, it's about not letting his challenger back in the race. president obama is in nevada this morning when he'll spend the next three days in debate camp. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing president obama showing a lead this morning, 6 points. >> if romney doesn't do well in this debate it will be hard to get back in this race. >> mitt romney has to avoid be appearing detached. his to-do list, the three cs show compassion, that he's competent and that he indeed can connect to voters. >> on those three cs, that's where he's got to really do well. >> reporter: while they lead in the polls, team obama know that debates can be a game-changer. he needs to avoid appearing irritable aor impatient. >> they need him to answer questions short, concise. >> the pressure is on for this debate. it could be a huge audience. anywhere between 50 million to 65 million may tune in to see these two men square off on wednesday night. >> david, great to see you live. >>> let's bring in "
Sep 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
point in the race for president. both president obama and mitt romney have stopped campaigning this weekend instead burrowing into hard-core debate prep cramming their facts and honing their one-liners. it's "your voice, your vote" with just 37 days left until the election. abc's david kerley who usually joins us from washington is here at the desk. good to see you. >> nice to be here. you know, dan, this is a really big debate. this is part performance, part policy. the stakes are always high. but for mitt romney, some are saying it is make or break. and for the president, leading in the polls, it's a matter of not letting his challenger back into the race. president obama travels to nevada this morning where he will spend the next three days in debate camp reportedly at this posh resort in henderson. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing mr. obama holding a lead. this morning it's six points. >> this is the ball game for mitt romney right now because if he doesn't do well in this debate, it's going to be hard for him to get back in th
Sep 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
. the president has fund-raisers in washington. mitt romney will be in pennsylvania and massachusetts. and as abc's karen travers reports, both campaigns are sizing up the latest numbers on where they stand. >> reporter: there are two ways the presidential election can be viewed. one, american. one vote. that adds up on election day to the national popular vote. >> i think as you look at the national polls, i'm tied in the national polls. >> reporter: those national polls do show a dead-heat. neither candidate has been able to really open up and sustain a significant lead. but that's not how a presidential election is won. it all comes down to the electoral college. each state assigned a number of votes. the process became infamous during the 2000 race between george w. bush and al gore. gore won the popular vote. but bush won the electoral college after a bitter legal battle. so, the fight for the white house comes down to a handful of states where the candidates are focusing the bulk of their time and resources. ohio getting the most attention. frequent campaign stops and tons of television ads
Sep 24, 2012 7:00am PDT
your vote" just 43 days before the final vote. and mitt romney working to pull his campaign out of a september slump as president obama with politics here in new york. jake tapper is here this morning. jake, the candidates were combative on "60 minutes." >> that's right, george, they're entering a new phase, the debate phase of the campaign. so right now, with the first debate coming up a week from wednesday, the candidates are looking for any edge to knock the other on his heels. >> reporter: mitt romney barn-storming battlegrounds, colorado, ohio and virginia, trying to regain momentum lost after a tough week on the trail. on the campaign plane overnight, romney was asked why he was trailing in so many battleground states. >> i think that the president's campaign has focused its advertising, in many cases, on very inaccurate portrayals of my positions. he's trying to fool people into thinking that i think things i don't. that ends, i think, during the debate. >> reporter: when he lands in ohio, tuesday, a brand-new tv ad from the obama campaign will greet him, assailing the re
Sep 27, 2012 7:00am PDT
mitt romney right there. it's all about ohio right now. mitt romney behind. he's got to come back. and take a look at this picture. just released in "time" magazine. mitt romney like we've never seen before. that was when he was in france as a missionary. remembering his love back home. >> all the way back from the 1960s. >>> also, a real scare in the air. take a look at this picture. landing gear turned the wrong way. the jet with 190 people onboard, just moments from touching down. why some are calling that landing a miracle. >> happened right here. really was amazing. >> really scary. glad everyone's okay. >>> also on the show, an abc news exclusive interview with j.k. rowling. her brand-new book has been top secret, until now. we'll hear her read it aloud this morning. not an adult novel. a novel for adults. >>> let's get to the headline football fans have been waiting for. the nfl and nfl referees union, reaching a contract agreement overnight, ending that three-month lockout that had replacement refs calling the shots. the official referees will be back on the field tonight.